Mike Davies

How to cultivate emotional intelligence in your staff

December 11, 2014

A high level of emotional intelligence (EI) in your staff can make them more effective communicators, able to build better relationships, more productive, and, importantly, able to quickly spot and resolve conflict, all of which are extremely valuable traits in a business environment. Management and leadership L&D consultant Mike Davies discusses how to foster EI in your staff.

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Doug Chapman

10 ways to foster a learning culture within your organisation

November 21, 2014

The word ‘learning’ does not just have to refer to putting people in classrooms or taking them out of the office on a week-long training programme. It can mean something more organic than that, more ingrained into the fabric of your organisation and the way people work every day. By creating and maintaining a learning culture within your business, you encourage an environment full of useful development opportunities which your employees will actively seek.

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Project Controls Expo 2014

Thales L&D to exhibit at Project Controls Expo 2014

November 16, 2014

Thales Learning & Development will be exhibiting (stand 26) at Project Controls Expo 2014 – The largest international Project Control event featuring international expert speakers, Master-class sessions, Case studies & Workshops, Technical presentations along with Partner showcase and a Project Controls job fair including Career Advice zone. 

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Employee retention and engagement

Ready to go Outward Bound again

November 10, 2014

Having thoroughly enjoyed putting the Thales apprentices through their paces on the Lake District-based Outward Bound programme in June this year, Nick Jordan is now gearing up to do it all again this time next week on 17th November, on a week-long programme designed to develop the apprentices’ leadership behaviours and abilities in line with the Thales leadership model.

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Employee retention and engagement

The winning formula for employee retention and engagement

October 16, 2014

Two questions frequently asked by organisations are: how do we make sure our employees are fully engaged with the business and their role, and how do we hold on to our talent? All too often, employers complicate these two reasonably basic, and intrinsically linked, issues. It is usual for engaged individuals to work hard for an organisation, always seeking ways to add value, and these people are also likely to be retained. But how do you create engagement in the first place?

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Leaders Eat Last

How to be the Ultimate Leader – Infographic

October 14, 2014

As a business, regardless of the industry you work in or the size of your operation, people are, and always will be, the most valuable asset you have. To fully unlock the potential of your staff, however, you need great leaders – confident, visionary people who are able to inspire brilliance and bring the best out of raw talent.

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Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last – Infographic

September 15, 2014

When it comes to the subject of leadership, advice is a dime a dozen.  There is an endless sea of books, blog posts, and self-help speeches that purport to teach leaders how to make their teams succeed.  Yet few pause to consider the most important question of all: What is a leader?  In his landmark book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek answers this crucial and complex question..

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Danny Roberts

What to look for in an L&D outsourcing partner

September 4, 2014

When you are looking to outsource your L&D function, the word ‘partner’ is perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind. The decision to contract out such an integral part of your business is a significant step to take, so in order to make that transition – from the initial enquiry to the full implementation – as seamless as possible, what you need is a true partnership. You need a team that works so closely with you that it is difficult to tell whether they are internal or external.

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Matt Driscoll

Five common challenges in leadership development

September 2, 2014

When it comes to L&D, there seems to be a big focus this year on the development of leadership talent. Developing leaders poses a number of unique challenges, however. It is an area in which many organisations – with all the best intentions – often fall down on. The variety of different types of leaders is vast, and each individual leader is a complex person in his or her own right. It is important to understand what the common challenges are, why they exist, and how you can overcome them.

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Outward Bound with the Thales apprentices

Another successful Outward Bound adventure with the Thales apprentices

August 5, 2014

In June this year, management and leadership L&D consultant Nick Jordan took another group of Thales apprentices to the Lake District in partnership with the Outward Bound Trust, following the success of the previous programme in November last year. The apprentices spent five days partaking in a range of experiential learning activities.

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Mark Eagle

The true cost of cutting your training budget

July 7, 2014

We all know businesses are operating in tough economic times; no doubt you’re tired of hearing it. But regardless of that much-played out fact, research we undertook earlier this year suggested that, for many organisations, L&D budgets are actually on the move (and in the right direction, too). 30% said their L&D budget would increase, while 50% said it would remain stable, meaning only a fifth of those surveyed were expecting their budget to actually shrink. When it came to successful implementation of L&D, however, budget constraint was still cited as the primary hurdle.

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Boost team effectiveness

‘Too long; didn’t read’ – should L&D delivery be changing with the millennial generation?

June 18, 2014

‘TL;DR,’ or ‘Too long; didn’t read’ – whilst not necessarily a fair representation of every worker in the millennial generation, this charming piece of internet slang does provide a fairly accurate, if not somewhat generalist, overview of the changing way in which people consume information. Not only do people expect to be able to get what they want quickly, but they also want to be able to access that information wherever they are, on whatever device they happen to be using at the time.

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Boost team effectiveness

Five ways to boost team effectiveness

June 18, 2014

The success of an organisation is totally dependent on the effectiveness of each team within that business. If you follow the advice on this list, you should be closer to achieving a collaborative and cooperative team, rather than a group of people doing their own thing who happen to sit in the same corner of the office.

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Nick Jordan

Going ‘Outward Bound’ again – Thales apprentices head to the Lake District

June 13, 2014

Last November, in collaboration with the Outward Bound Trust, I took 20 Thales apprentices to the Lake District in order to help them develop their personal and team skills, enhance their performance in the workplace, and provide them with an opportunity to build a support network with their peers. Next week, I’ll be taking a new group of apprentices back there to run through the programme again.

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Empower your people – develop a coaching culture

May 19, 2014

How can you continue to effectively develop your people without putting a heavy dent in your budget? One extremely powerful approach is through coaching. By developing a coaching culture within your organisation, you enable people to come up with their own solutions, developing their skills and knowledge without having to send them on a paid-for training course every time….

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Management and leadership top focus for L&D, but budget constraints still an issue

May 9, 2014

IIn early 2014, Thales Learning & Development surveyed key decision makers and influencers across a wide range of industries – 76% worked in HR, L&D or Talent, with 17% in procurement. The results provided a sharp insight into not only the budgets and focus areas, but also the goals and frustrations of the respondents.

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Going Outward Bound with the Thales Apprentices

February 24, 2014

In November 2013, 20 Thales Apprentices from across the UK, at all stages of their apprenticeship, participated in a hugely successful training programme in the Lake District. Launched in conjunction with The Outward Bound Trust and Thales Training & Consultancy, the purpose of this programme was to improve…

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Do you ever have a journey where you don’t remember how you got there?

February 10, 2014

The other night I arrived home, turned off the engine, sat in my car for a few seconds and realised I had driven home on auto-pilot. As an L&D consultant, my mind immediately connected my drive home to a programme I’m currently running, which includes the consideration of Unconscious Competence as a learning practice.

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Project Management – it’s not just for the construction or IT industries

November 28, 2013

Over the last decade or so the project management profession has evolved as projects have become a more significant part of organisations in our complex and fast-changing business environments. Regardless of the industry sector, project management is a useful discipline to employ…

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How learning can inspire personal and professional change

November 12, 2013

As human beings we are learning our whole lives. From the cradle to the grave we are continually taking in new information on how to do things and how to improve the way we do things. In fact, it has been said that once you stop learning you, in effect, stop living. Not in the literal sense of course…

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Thales goes ‘outward bound’ with apprenticeship programme

November 11, 2013

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly important, particularly with university tuition fees ballooning and declining applications. As a result, organisations like us need to look for alternative ways to discover and nurture future talent. With this in mind, we’ve launched…

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Absence rates increasing again

October 28, 2013

Absence rates have returned to levels last seen in 2010 and 2011 according to the annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey. Last year saw a small decrease but this latest survey puts the average absence per employee of 7.6 days a year. The highest levels of absence occur…

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How experiential learning improves performance

October 1, 2013

It is common knowledge that you learn more by doing than you ever learn from reading about something or hearing about it. If we take the example of learning to play tennis, you can read all the technical books in the world but unless you actually pick up the racket and have a go you will never master the skill.

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Excel 2013 – Dumbing down or simply smarter?

August 28, 2013

With each new incarnation of Office we are introduced to new features. The change from 2003 to 2007 was one of the more dramatic changes, with a complete overhaul of the interface. The Ribbon is now the standard and continues through 2010 and again in the latest offering, 2013.

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Zero-hour contracts – Zero appeal?

August 6, 2013

We Brits are a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to the weather. It is either too cold or too hot and rarThe controversial topic of zero-hour contracts has been hitting the news in recent days, with an increasing number of organisations employing staff in this manner to keep their employment costs to a minimum.

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How to deal with the heat wave at work

July 31, 2013

We Brits are a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to the weather. It is either too cold or too hot and rarely just right! The problem seems to be that we are just not used to extremes in temperature. Give us a grey, mild and drizzly day and we know where we stand…

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What companies can learn about succession planning from the Royal Family

July 29, 2013

Succession planning within companies is a vital part of organisational development. Identifying potential and emerging leaders within a business, and developing them so they can step into future leadership roles, is the key to effective succession planning…

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Sugar backs Dr Leah in The Apprentice final

July 24, 2013

Cosmetic surgery triumphed over cupcakes in last night’s The Apprentice final as Leah was crowned Lord Sugar’s new business partner. Leah receives a cool quarter of a million pound investment from Lord Sugar to launch her chain of high street non-invasive cosmetic surgery clinics…

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Improving your employability through APM and Prince Training

July 22, 2013

Effective project managers who can cope with the complex demands of project management are always highly sought after within successful businesses. Trained and qualified project managers who have attended APM and PRINCE2 courses, and who are experienced and accomplished in project management, are crucial to the success of any project whatever its shape or size.

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Engaging your audience?

July 17, 2013

Presentations are an integral part of business life. Sadly, many of them are dull, monotonous and tend to go on for far too long. So how do you ensure that yours are different? What do you need to do to engage with your audience and make people sit up and listen to your message?

If you want to improve the quality of your presentations then follow our top tips.

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What can Wimbledon teach us about success?

July 15, 2013

Whether you are a tennis fan or not, you cannot fail to be impressed by the news that national hero Andy Murray has won the championship. No mean feat either, it has been 77 years since a Britain has reigned supreme at Wimbledon. The last Britain to win the men’s single title was Fred Perry more than a few generations ago. After last year’s disappointing defeat against Roger Federer, Murray has come back stronger than ever before…

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